Midi-Pyrenees places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Midi-Pyrenees region. See also our Midi-Pyrenees travel guide.

Albas (Lot)

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Albas, a village on the Lot river, has a renowned wine festival each May

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Albi (Tarn)

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Albi is quite a remarkable town, with a substantial and beautiful centre and sensational views across the river below. Very recommended!

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Arreau (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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Deep in the Pyrenees on a small river, Arreau is a delightful small town to explore

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Auch (Gers)

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Auch, the ancient capital of Gascony, has a cathedral and several other historic monuments of interest

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Audressein (Ariege)

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Audressein is a very small village in a picturesque river valley, visited for the ancient frescoes in the porch of the church

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Autoire (Lot)

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Autoire is very small but very pleasant to explore, while nearby you can admire thescenery of the Cirque d'Autoire

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Auvillar (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The lovely village of Auvillar has a very unusual round market hall in the village centre

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Ax-les-Thermes (Ariege)

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A spa town since the 19th century, Ax-les-Thermes is now better known for being close to the Ax-3 Domaines ski region

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Bagneres-de-Luchon (Haute-Garonne)

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Bagneres-de-Luchon is one of the nicest of the 'belle-epoque' spa towns that developed in the Pyrenees in the 19th century

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Bardigues (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Bardigues is a small village, very pleasant to stroll along the main street and to enjoy the views

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Beaumont-de-Lomagne (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The weekly market in Beaumont-de-Lomagne has been held in the same market hall, in the town centre, since the 14th century

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Belcastel (Aveyron)

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The lovely riverside setting, the step cobled street and the castle combine to make Belcstel one of our favourite villages

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Belmont-sur-Rance (Aveyron)

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The Cevennes village of Belmont-sur-Rance is small but very enjoyable to explore, and to see the Collegial church of Saint-Michel

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Bourg de Visa (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Bourg-de-Visa is one of several small villages in this region with no particular monuments but charming to visit

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Brassac (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Although it is very small, Brassac is a charming village to explore in the heart of the Tarn-et-Garonne countryside

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Brassac (Tarn) (Tarn)

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The highlight in the centre of Brassac in the Tarn department is certainly the beautiful old bobbled bridge

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Brousse-le-Chateau (Aveyron)

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Brousse-le-Chateau is an idyllic little village of steep cobbled streets on the banks of the Tarn and Alrance rivers

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Bruniquel (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The cobbled streets, numerous medieval buildings and the castle combine to make Bruniquel a very lovely village to explore

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Cabrerets (Lot)

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Cabrerets is a pretty village on the Célé river best known for the Grotte de Pech Merle

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Cahors (Lot)

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Best known for the famous Pont Valentre bridge, Cahors is a lively town which also has a small historic centre

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Cajarc (Lot)

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The medieval centre of Cajarc make it a pleasant place to visit as you explore the Lot Valley and the Natural Parc of the Causses de Quercy

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Camon (Ariege)

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The fortified village of Camon, listed as a 'most beautiful village of France' is one of our favourites in this region

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Capdenac (Lot)

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Capdenac-le-Haut, another of the 'beautiful villages of France' is quite small but very picturesque

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Carbonne (Haute-Garonne)

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Ransacked as a cathar town in the 12th century, Carbonne was rebuilt as a bastide town several years later

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Cardaillac (Lot)

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Cardaillac is a small, unspoiled village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France'

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Carennac (Lot)

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There are numerous architectural highlights and attractive buildings in Carennac, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'

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Castelnau-de-Montmiral (Tarn)

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The central square of Castelnau-de-Montmiral with its medieval buildings, and the views from its hilltop location, together make it very worthy of a visit

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Castelnau-Montratier (Lot)

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Castelnau-Montratier is a historic village with an imposing church and central square

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Castelsagrat (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Although quite quick to visit you will enjoy a stroll around the peaceful centre of Castelsagrat

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Castres (Tarn)

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While not an important tourist destination, Castres has a pleasant town centre and an interesting Goya Museum to visit

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Caylus (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The 14th century House of Wolves is just one of the interesting sights you will find as you climb the streets in the heart of Caylus

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Cazeres (Haute-Garonne)

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Cazeres is not a tourist town, but you might like to visit the Church of Notre Dame of the Assumption when in the region

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Col du Tourmalet (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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The Col du Tourmalet is a mountain pass in the Pyrenees, famous because the Tour de France passes here very often

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Condom (Gers)

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In the town of Condom it is the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre and historic centre that is of interest to visitors

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Conques (Aveyron)

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Best known for its abbey and a s a pilgrimage destination, the beautiful village of Conques is a highlight of any visit to Aveyron

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Cordes-sur-Ciel (Tarn)

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Cordes is certainly one of the most beautiful towns in France with a great deal of natural and historic beauty - and rather a lot of tourists!

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Donzac (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The red-brick architecture and unusual church tower add to the charm of the little village of Donzac

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Dunes (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Not well known as a tourist destination, we found Dunes to be very characterful and well worth a visit

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Entraygues (Aveyron)

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The medieval bridges and half-timbered houses are among the highlights in the village of Entraygues

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Espalion (Aveyron)

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In the town of Espalion there is a lovely bridge over the river and several other interesting historic monuments

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Espinas (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Visitors to Espinas usually come here to visit the Chateau de Cas with its furnished rooms and gardens to admire

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Estaing (Aveyron)

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This pretty village in the Aubrac region has several monuments of note, including the Chateau d'Estaing

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Faycelles (Lot)

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Although quite small, take the time to stroll around Faycelles when you are in this region

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Figeac (Lot)

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The market town of Figeac has many interesting historic buildings and streets to explore - one of our favourite towns in this region

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Fleurance (Gers)

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The central square with its arcades and traditional market hall are the highlight of a visit to Fleurance

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Foix (Ariege)

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The narrow medieval streets, the imposing castle above the town and the lovely setting make Foix an unmissable destination in Ariege

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Fources (Gers)

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Fources, one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' is unusual in being a bastide town that follows a circular layout

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Gaillac (Tarn)

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The historic centre of Gaillac and its riverside position make Gaillac a very enjoyable small town to discover

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Gavarnie (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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The natural highlight of the Cirque de Gavarnie, a great circular cliff, is one of the most scenic places in the Pyrenees

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Giroussens (Tarn)

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Giroussens is a pretty village and home to a ceramic centre and great garden

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Gouffre de Padirac (Lot)

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The Gouffre de Padirac is the most popular cave system in France

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Gourdon (Lot) (Lot)

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The golden stone used to build much of the town of Gourdon brings much of its charm, and there are also several pretty small villages close to hand

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Gramat (Lot)

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Gramat is a pleasant town to visit, and your children will enjoy the popular animal park here

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Grotte de Lombrives (Ariege)

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Not the most famous caves perhaps but the Grotte de Lombrives is the largest cave system in France

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La Couvertoirade (Aveyron)

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La Couvertoirade, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', is one of the most complete fortified medieval villages in France

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La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite (Aveyron)

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The tiny village of La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite, in the Gorges de la Dourbie, is well worth a pause to explore

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Lacapelle-Marival (Lot)

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The castle, medieval gateway and market hall are among the highlights in Lacapelle-Marival

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Laguiole (Aveyron)

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The sweeping lanscape of the Laguiole region is best known for the famous knives made here, and seen at the fascinating Forge de Laguiole

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Larressingle (Gers)

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Larressingle is a perfect medieval fortified village, with the defensive walls around the town still almost completely intact

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Lautrec (Tarn)

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Lautrec is a small village, but both the views and the intereting historic buildings make it very pleasant to explore

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Lauzerte (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Lauzerte, a small bastide town in a hilltop position, is one of our favourite villages in this region

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Lavardens (Gers)

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The castle and the church are among the places of interest in the small village of Lavardens

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Lavaur (Tarn)

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Lavaur is a pretty red brick town in the Tarn department of France

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Le-Pin (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Your challenge in Le Pin is to get a good glimpse of the fairytale castle, behind its hedges and closed to the public!

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Lectoure (Gers)

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Lectoure is a pleasant town to explore as part of your stay in the Gascony countryside

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Lisle-sur-Tarn (Tarn)

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Lisle-sur-Tarn is a pretty village on the banks of the Tarn river.

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Loubressac (Lot)

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Both the unspoiled nature of the village and the beautiful views make the small village of Loubressac a great pleasure to visit

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Lourdes (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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Lourdes is of course very famous as a pilgrimage centre which attracts millions of pilgrims and visitors each year

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Luz-Saint-Sauveur (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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The pleasnt town of Luz-Saint-Sauveur is well placed to explore some lovely Pyreneean mountain scenery

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Martel (Lot)

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Numerous medieval towers and other fascinating buildings ensure that Martel retains its historic charm

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Martres-Tolosane (Haute-Garonne)

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The small village of Martres-Tolosane is known for its faiencerie workshops

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Maubourguet (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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Maubourguet makes every effort to hide its impressive monuments but take the time to explore the narrow streets and all will be revealed!

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Millau (Aveyron)

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The town of Millau is a lively traditional town, well worth a visit when you are exploring this region

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Millau bridge (Aveyron)

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Millau Bridge (the Viaduc de Millau) is a modern bridge designed by Norman Foster, one of the highest bridges in the world, and an imposing local monument

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Mirepoix (Ariege)

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In Mirepoix it is the beautifully preserved centre of the bastide town that is the highlight for visitors

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Moissac (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Moissac might go unnoticed except it has the 12th century Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre, and one of the loveliest cloisters in France

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Mont d'Astarac (Gers)

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The frescoes in the village church are the highlight of your visit to Mont d'Astarac, a peaceful small village in the rolling Gascony landscape

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Mont Perdu (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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Mont-Perdu is a natural highlight on the border between France and Spain near Gavarnie

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Montaigu-de-Quercy (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Montaigu-de-Quercy is a peaceful town in Quercy, at its liveliest with the Saturday morning market

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Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The pink houses and ancient arcades ensure that the Place Nationale in Montauban is the highlight in the town

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Montcuq (Lot)

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Montcuq is a pleasant small town with a big church in the Midi-Pyrénées

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Montjoi (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Monjoi is a very unspoiled small village that preserves a great deal of interesting houses

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Montjoie-en-Couserans (Ariege)

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The tiny village of Montjoie-en-Couserans is included because it is the start point of a picturesque driving tour of the surrounding villages

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Montpezat-de-Quercy (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Montpezat-de-Quercy village has a lovely centre with arcaded houses and a 14th century collegiale church

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Montreal-du-Gers (Gers)

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After exploring the picturesque village at Montreal-du-Gers you can visit the Roman Villa of Seviac nearby

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Montsegur (Ariege)

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In Montsegur be sure to visit the cathar castle with its lovely far-reaching views

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Najac (Aveyron)

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The village of Najac is very pretty, and the castle and ridgetop position mean you also have lovely views

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Pamiers (Ariege)

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The largest town in Ariege, Pamiers has several notable monuments including the cathedral and the church

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Parisot (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The village of Parisot is very small but also very picturesque so visit when you are nearby

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Peyre (Aveyron)

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Close to Millau Bridge, the small village of Peyre is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

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Peyrusse-le-Roc (Aveyron)

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Peyrusse-le-Roc is most unusual in having the small village to explore, and also the chance to walk through the remains of the more ancient village

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Puy-l'Eveque (Lot)

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Puy-l'Eveque is one of the most picturesque, and most visited, of the villages along the Lot Valley

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Puycelsi (Tarn)

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We particularly enjoyed the walk around the ramaparts in Puycelsi, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'

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Pyrenees National Parc (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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The Pyrenees National Parc contains a great deal of the most beatiful mountain scenery in France

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Realmont (Tarn)

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Realmont is very typical of the bastide towns to be found throughout the Tarn department

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Realville (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The focus in the small bastide town of Réalville is the main square, surrounded by 16th century houses

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Revel (Haute-Garonne)

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The large arcaded square in the centre of Revel contains one of the biggest medieval market halls to be found in France

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Rieux-Volvestre (Haute-Garonne)

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The stroll along the river and the surrounding medieval red-brick buildings make Rieux-Volvestre an interesting village to visit

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Rocamadour (Lot)

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One of the most visited destinations in France, Rocamadour is both an important pilgrimage destination and an exceptionally lovely little village

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Rodez (Aveyron)

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In Rodez you can explore the historic town around the cathedral, and then choose between museums or shopping!

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Roquecor (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Roquecor is a perched village in Tarn-et-Garonne with an attractive historic centre and impressive views across the countryside

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Saint-Antoine (Gers)

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The most unique charateristic in the pretty village of Saint-Antoine are the painted walls inside the church, a very unusual site nowadays although common 500 years ago

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Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Close to the Gorges de l'Aveyron, the medieval town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val is one of the most attractive in the Tarn-et-Garonne

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Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges (Haute-Garonne)

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2000 years ago the town of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges had 10000 inhabitants - now it has 250! The Saint Bertrand de Comminges cathedral is the highlight in the old town centre

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Saint-Cere (Lot)

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Some of the highlights in Saint-Cere are rather hidden away, so take time to explore the back streets of this medieval town

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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Lot)

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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is certainly among the most beautiful villages in France, with its riverside setting and lovely historic streets

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Saint-Come-d'Olt (Aveyron)

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The pilgrimage village of Saint-Côme-d'Olt, with its castle and unusual church, is listed among the 'most beautiful French villages'

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Saint-Girons (Ariege)

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Saint-Girons is a quiet town, a perfect chance to see an unspoiled local town typical of this region

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Saint-Lizier (Ariege)

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A small village in the Natural Regional Park of the Ariege Pyrenees, Saint-Lizier is very picturesque and also has a cathedral and other notable monuments

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Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The castle and the arcaded buildings around the central square are among the places of interest in Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave

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Saint-Savin (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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It is the abbey church in Saint-Savin, and the surrounding countryside, that make a visit recommended

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Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt (Aveyron)

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After exploring the picturesque village at Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt you will find lots of scenic highlights in the surrounding countryside

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Sarrant (Gers)

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The ancient gateway and half-timbered houses bring a medieval feel to the village of Sarrant

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Sauveterre-de-Rouergue (Aveyron)

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The highlight in Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is surely the medieval houses and arcades in the central square

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Severac-le-Chateau (Aveyron)

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The highlights here in Severac-le-Chateau include the castle and the ancient vaulted passages in the historic centre

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Soreze (Tarn)

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The abbey-school and numerous ancient colombage houses are among the interesting finds in the village of Soreze

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Souillac (Lot)

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The town of Souillac is enjoyable to explore, and well placed to explore the eastern Dordogne and western Lot regions

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Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrenees)

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The substantial gardens of Jardin Massey are the main place of interest in the centre of Tarbes

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The Jardin des Martels (Tarn)

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The Jardins des Martels is a beautiful garden and mini-farm near Toulouse.

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Toulouse (Haute-Garonne)

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Toulouse, with its famous red-brick architecture, is one of the most impressive cities in the south of France

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Tourtouse (Ariege)

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Although tiny, the castle (and picnic area) in the centre of Tourtouse make a detour recommended

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Valcabrere (Haute-Garonne)

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Valcabrere deserves a visit because of the very lovely roman style basilica of Saint-Just de Valcabrère, built on the edge of the village in the 12th century

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Valence-d'Agen (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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Valence d'Agen has no important monuments but is an enjoyable unspoiled small town to explore

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Valence-sur-Baise (Gers)

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Explore the historic centre of the bastide town of Valence-sur-Baise, then visit the Abbaye de Flaran

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Varen (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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At Varen you can see the Chateau du Doyenné and nice riverside views

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Verfeil-sur-Seye (Tarn-et-Garonne)

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The small bastide town of Verfeil-sur-Seye has a nice centre with a market hall and some colombage houses, then visit the nearby Jardins de Quercy

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Vic Fezensac (Gers)

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Vic Fezensac is enjoyable to explore at any time, but best known for the music festivals held here each summer

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Vieux (Tarn)

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The small village of Vieux was once one of the most important pilgrimage towns in the region

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Villefranche-de-Rouergue (Aveyron)

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The 13th century bastide town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue is very much a traditional local town of the region

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For more information see the Midi-Pyrenees guide